Learning Without Borders is a summer program for high school students focused on fostering personal growth, through hands-on activities, community involvement, and team building activities. The curriculum emphasizes social-emotional learning, and improving and applying academic skills to practical situations.

Curriculum & Teachers

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When: July 9, 2019 through August 14, 2019.
Weeks 1-5: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Week 6: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Where: Pine Grove Middle School, 6318 Fremont Road, East Syracuse, NY 13057

Program Fees: three classes – $500.00; four classes – $600.00; seven classes – $890.00

  • Deposit of 50% due at registration, with remaining balance due Tuesday, July 9, 2019.

  • Partial scholarships are available. Deadline for applications is June 26, 2019.

  • 10% discount for each additional child in family.

  • 20% processing fee to withdraw.

  • Register Online Here

Overview

Learning Without  Borders is designed to help students identify their individual strengths in organizational skills, practical life skills, learning strategies, social-emotional learning, peer interaction, and academic excellence. The program focuses on a weekly theme and social-emotional construct. Lessons are taught from a multi-sensory approach utilizing direct instruction, cooperative learning, and independent skill development. All lessons and materials will be differentiated and modified to accommodate the students' individual instructional levels, academic needs (reading, written language, math), and social skills needs. 

Teachers

Ondrea Clark
Teacher

Ondrea Clark

Ondrea Clark has two children, a 19 year old son and a daughter going into 6th grade. They love to travel, go camping, horseback ride, and play volleyball and softball. She has been teaching for 9 years, currently in Liverpool School District. Ondrea graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Education and Special Education along with a concentration in Psychology and Sociology. She obtained her Masters’ degree in Childhood Education and Special Education at Le Moyne College and graduated in 2008 with 6 professional certifications. It is her mission to instill a love for learning in her students. She attempts to teach with a passion for the topics at hand so that her students develop a desire to become life-long learners. Teaching is an absolute passion of Ondrea’s.

Brent Pennings
Teacher

Brent Pennings

Substitute/Field Trips

Brent and his wife, Dianne, have three adult children: Kendra (Scott) Kamp, Breanna, and Adam. Brent became involved in teaching early in his career as he worked with his wife Dianne in her role as a Special Education teacher. Brent enjoyed supporting and supervising a variety of individuals with learning disabilities. He was also Co-Director of Education while serving a church in Michigan. Brent attained his Graduate Teacher Certification at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan. He is certified to teach K-8th grades. Brent has held teaching positions in several schools and continues to be involved in education through a wide range of opportunities.

Dianne Pennings
Associate Executive Director for Programs

Dianne Pennings

Associate Executive Director for Programs

Dianne has over 25 years of experience in the field of special education.  She began her teaching experience in a self-contained classroom and within a year was visiting schools to implement inclusion programs.  Her passion for educating youth has never wavered, even as she has stepped into an administrative role.

Focus Areas

Wellness
Social Confidence
Academic Confidence
Leadership
Self-Empowerment
Character Development

Wellness

Goal: Students will explore ways to achieve overall wellness. They will learn strategies to be socially, physically and academically successful. Students will learn how they can live their best life by being flexible, taking responsibility for actions and learning from mistakes.

Rationale: Supporting and rewarding positive social, health and academic behaviors have a positive effect on students’ confidence and academic performance.

Social Confidence

Goal: Students will develop skills for prosocial behavior, conflict resolution, self-refection and effective communication.

Rationale: Research shows teens that have these skills are less lonely, feel socially accepted and feel less uncomfortable in social situations.

Academic Confidence

Goal: Students will learn how to set goals, recognize own personal learning styles, manage stress, and develop organizational tools. Students will learn study strategies, effective reading and writing strategies and note-taking.

Rationale: Students who are more self-aware and confident in their learning abilities try harder, motivate themselves and perform better in the classroom.

Leadership

Goal: Students will develop positive leadership, conflict resolution and communication skills. Students will explore and discover their own personal strengths as a leader.

Rationale: Students who are sociable, assertive, and confident tend to help others and experience greater social acceptance.

Self-Empowerment

Goal: Students will explore self-imposed limitations and learn strategies to break through those limitations.

Rationale: Research shows students who are able to identify self-imposed limitations and learn the tools necessary to overcome those limitations will have greater social and academic success.

Character Development

Goal: Students will combine skills they have learned over the summer and develop a plan for themselves as they move forward.  

Rationale: Social emotional learning that is carried over to the home and school will help students be more confident socially, academically and result in greater success academically.

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